State lawmakers are considering a statewide hotline for people to call if they’re thinking of committing suicide. Supporters say Utah, which has some of the highest suicide rates in the country is desperate for a number that’s easy to remember and connects callers directly to services without delay.
Many of the US athletes arriving in Rio are not only participating in the Olympic games, they’re taking part in a research study about the Zika virus. A professor at the University of Utah is heading up that effort.
A new report shows that Utah is not making the same progress on children’s health insurance coverage or child death rates as other states. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the state dropped from 7th to 27th in this year’s child health ranking.
Intermountain Healthcare announced an effort Thursday to reduce drug overdose deaths by increasing access to an antidote called Naloxone. Utahns can now visit any Intermountain community pharmacy in the state and buy Naloxone without a prescription from a doctor.
Utah’s Safe Haven Law has saved roughly 40 children since it went into effect 15 years ago. State officials hope the law will continue to encourage women to anonymously give up custody of their newborns rather than abandon them.
Utah health officials are now saying that a limited Medicaid expansion passed by the legislature this year will cover fewer people than anticipated. Meanwhile, it’s not clear whether the federal government will even approve the plan.
As more baby boomers reach retirement age, interest is building in alternative living situations that provide a sense of community. In Salt Lake City this week is a conference called Aging Better Together. It’s the first gathering of its kind in the country focused on the idea of co-housing for seniors.
A life-saving, stroke-prevention device is available this month for the first time to Utah patients. The device has been tested in clinical trials by scientists and cardiologists at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray.
This week several laws went into effect intended to address Utah’s addiction to pain pills and opioids. Lawmakers this year approved legislation that will allow for the creation of a needle exchange and for anyone to distribute a drug overdose antidote called Naloxone. KUER's Andrea Smardon talks with Sam Plumb, whose brother died of a heroin overdose. Plumb and his sister Jennifer together started an organization last year called Utah Naloxone at University of Utah Health Care.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has added the University of Utah to its National Medical Network to support elite U.S. athletes. It’s the third medical center to join the network and the only academic institution in this role.
Next month, a doctor performing an abortion in Utah will be required to administer anesthesia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Passed by the legislature in the recent session, the new law is the first of its kind in the nation. It’s based on the disputed notion that a fetus may feel pain during the procedure.
A new study finds that Utah’s law mandating at least a 72-hour waiting period for an abortion procedure has done little to dissuade women from their decision, but the study reveals additional costs, delays and anxiety for women who go on to have an abortion.